Strong Starting Sutton Head To Solihull

Article by Mark Bravery

With an excellent return of ten points from their first four National League games, and now third in the table, Sutton United will be in confident mood as they travel to the West Midlands this Saturday (18 August) to take on  sixth_placed Solihull Moors.

After Tuesday's gutsy 1-0 victory at Ebbsfleet, Sutton sit below Wrexham and Gateshead only on goal difference, so a favourable combination of results on Saturday could see them go top, as they did a year ago by winning at Chester.

Solihull started the season with three wins, but on Tuesday evening lost 3-1 at AFC Fylde, their consolation goal scored by midfielder Luke Maxwell.

Last season Sutton did the double over the Moors, goals from Ross Lafayette and Craig Dundas earning a 2-0 away win in November. At that time Solihull were struggling at the bottom end of the table, but the appointment of Mark Yates as manager, and his recruitment of some experienced players, enabled the club to climb away from trouble, eventually finishing 18th. Yates left in the summer to take over at Macclesfield Town, with his assistant Tim Flowers, the former Blackburn and England goalkeeper, promoted to the manager's post.

Flowers has signed the veteran striker Danny Wright, who scored  Cheltenham's goal against Sutton in the FA Cup two seasons ago, and centre back Alex Gudger, a member of the Brackley side that knocked United out of last season's FA Trophy. Former Coventry forward Kwame Thomas, who had a loan spell at Sutton last September, is also in the Solihull squad.

Sutton will be without Aswad Thomas, who serves the second game of his three-match suspension following his red card against Salford City. Dan Wishart is likely to fill in again at left back. Nicky Bailey, who has missed the last three games, remains an injury doubt. For Solihull, striker Jermaine Hylton is a doubtful participant after pulling out injured from the Fylde match.